I’ve passed the two week mark. First, my apologies for not updating the blog much so far. The biggest reason is because my only internet connectivity right now is through my phone – so writing an extensive blog update is a little difficult on an iPhone/iPad. This weekend is our company’s anniversary celebration at the Marriott in Hyderabad. I just checked in and low and behold, I have regular internet, TV and a comfortable bed! 😉
The second reason I haven’t written much is because I have been working crazy hours the last week and a half. Talk about getting thrown into the fire! I began on a project immediately and it is one of those doc reviews that has an almost impossible deadline – but thank god it’s a quick turn around. The past week and a half, I have worked no less than 12 hour days. I think Mac is wondering not only where the heck he is – but where the heck I am, most of the time!
Some quick highlights of the first 2 weeks …
“Greg, tell me!” and “I have doubts”
My favorite Indian phrase so far is “tell me”. Whenever I call for the car to pick me up to take me to work, I say, “Hi, this is Greg.” and I get back, “Hi Greg. Yes, tell me!” Everyone says it.
My second favorite phrase, coming mostly from the people I am managing is, “I have doubts.” “I have doubts” is used in the same way we would use, “I have a question” – but my colleagues use “I have doubts.” It makes me chuckle!
After this week, my focus will be on finding a permanent home here in Hyderabad. I’ve been looking around at a few places. You definitely get a lot of space for the money here – but the quality of the apartments can range dramatically.
Also, I know people are looking for pics – and I promise – once I am able to get out and about, I’ll definitely post some pics. In the meantime, I am doing well. Mac is doing well. It’s a lot to get used to all of the differences living in another culture – but all is good!
I hear DC went from snow storm to summer in about 10 days flat. Oh, how I don’t miss the temperature swings. It’s been consistently 100 degrees (and above) here in Superbad! And it is a dry heat (thank goodness).
That’s all for now. More to come soon.